Less than two years ago, Will Middlebrooks was the starting third baseman for the World Series Champs, the 2013 Boston Red Sox (remember that obstruction call that ended the Game 4?). The organization looked at him as one of the top prospects after he had a decent freshman season in 2012, that even ended up being a factor into the Kevin Youkilis trade. However, after struggles and injuries on 2013 and 2014, he got traded to the San Diego Padres for Ryan Hanigan. Middlebrooks' story is the classic example of an over-hyped prospect not living up to the expectations from fans and media. At some point this season, several websites were comparing Middlebrooks to Pablo Sandoval but the 2012 rookie spent the remainder of the season with the Padres AAA-Afiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas.
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When Middlebrooks was asked about how he felt when the Red Sox signed Sandoval, he gave the following answer. “It wasn’t fun, knowing my role going forward was as a utility player and backup. “I didn’t want that. I didn’t know what to want. I’d never been in that position. “So when the trade happened, it was a bittersweet feeling. I loved my time in Boston. I loved my teammates, my coaches, the staff. But for my career going forward, it was a great opportunity.” I wonder if he still sees it as a bittersweet feeling, and not as a relief for him and the team.
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Jorge Camargo 9/19/2015 09:30:00 AM Tweet